Bombardier Aerospace has enhanced its Middle East presence with the expansion of its mobile response team (MRT) into the region. The MRT is composed of six EASA-licensed technical experts operating under Bombardier maintenance approval. The team can now respond to AOGs across the Middle East and has already supported customers in Qatar and Jordan, according to a Bombardier spokesman.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A100, Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada, Jan. 7, 2007–The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has recommended mandatory regular crew resource management (CRM) training for all operators in Canada as a result of the accident that destroyed the King Air after an aborted landing attempt.
Bombardier Aerospace is opening its first wholly owned European aircraft service center at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Michael McQuay, president of Bombardier Aircraft Service Centers, told AIN that the decision to locate in Europe was based on the region’s growing fleet of more than 550 Learjets, Challengers and Globals.
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, will be the site of Bombardier Aerospace’s first wholly owned European aircraft service center. According to the company, the new addition is to better support a fleet of over 550 Learjets, Challengers and Globals in the region. It is slated to open early next year, joining a network of six facilities in North America.
Pratt & Whitney Canada last month announced that it is cutting 410 jobs and closing its Longueuil plant near Montreal, citing the global slowdown in the aerospace market. It plans to eliminate 250 jobs by year-end and another 160 by the end of next year, when it shuts down the Longueuil facility.
Trading conditions for business aviation remain “bleak,” according to ExecuJet Aviation CEO Niall Olver, but in his view the downturn has provided the stimulus for a much-needed “reset” for the industry and its “unsustainable” business models.
The three companies–Lufthansa Technik, Bombardier Aerospace and ExecuJet Aviation Group–that operate the joint venture Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) have agreed to modify and extend the terms of their arrangement and continue operating the maintenance company that they started more than 10 years ago.
Robert Brown, president and CEO of Montreal-based pilot training provider and simulator manufacturer CAE, has announced his retirement effective at the end of this month. He will be succeeded by executive vice president and COO Marc Parent. Brown will remain with the company in an advisory capacity until the end of the year.
Bombardier Aerospace yesterday confirmed that ExecuJet Aviation no longer holds exclusive sales representation for new Bombardier Challenger, Learjet and Global business aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it has “terminated its firm and conditional order purchase agreement with Jet Republic.” The cancellation removes 25 firm orders for Learjet 60XRs worth $340 million from Bombardier’s backlog. Jet Republic launched a European fractional-share company last year with an order for 110 Learjet 60 XRs and financing by Austria’s Euram Bank. Deliveries of the first airplanes were to have begun this October.